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Oral history interview with James Wentzy

Interviewee:
Wentzy, James  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Names:
ACT UP (Organization)  Search this
ACT UP New York (Organization)  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System) -- Students  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Arena, Tony  Search this
Brown, Arch  Search this
Buckingham, David  Search this
Carlomusto, Jean  Search this
Dee, James, 1950-  Search this
Ellis, Darrel  Search this
Farber, Robert, 1948-1995  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Maletta, Lou  Search this
Moore, Patrick, 1962-  Search this
Santinire, Vincent  Search this
Schnabel, John  Search this
Tam, Ho, 1962-  Search this
Extent:
15 Items (Sound recording: 15 sound files (5 hr., 13 min.), digital, wav)
164 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 January 23-March 31
Scope and Contents:
An interview with James Wentzy, conducted 2017 January 23-March 31, by Cynthia Carr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Wentzy's home and studio in New York, New York.
Wentzy speaks of his childhood in South Dakota; studying filmmaking at Southern Illinois University; moving to New York and shooting commercial films in the late 1970s; working and homesteading in the photography studio of James Dee; the beginning of the AIDS crisis; being diagnosed with HIV in 1990; his participation in and extensive documentation of ACT UP meetings, actions, and demonstrations; his place in the genealogy of AIDS activism; and his body of film and television work. Wentzy also recalls Darrel Ellis, Alanna Heiss, Arch Brown, James Dee, Robert Farber, Ho Tam, John Schnabel, Patrick Moore, Lou Maletta, Tony Arena, Vincent Satinire, David Buckingham, Jean Carlomusto, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
James Wentzy (1952- ) is a cinematographer, documentary filmmaker, and artist in New York, New York. Cynthia Carr (1950- ) is a writer in New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Cinematographers  Search this
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Study and teaching  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.wentzy17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wentzy17

Oral history interview with Gary L. Noffke

Interviewee:
Noffke, Gary  Search this
Interviewer:
Douglas, Mary F., 1956-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Eastern Illinois University -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
National Ring Show  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System) -- Students  Search this
Stetson University -- Faculty  Search this
University of Iowa -- Students  Search this
Brown, William J. (William Joseph), 1923-1992  Search this
Coulter, Lane, 1944-  Search this
DeRuiter, Garret  Search this
Dreisbach, Fritz  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Erbe, Gary T., 1944-  Search this
Fike, Phillip G., 1927-1997  Search this
Gingras, Toms  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee, 1943-  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Loloma, Charles, 1921-  Search this
Merrit, Barry  Search this
Messersmith, Fred  Search this
Nettles, Dickie  Search this
Norell, Lydia  Search this
Pujol, Elliot  Search this
Streetman, Evon  Search this
Wilde, Sue  Search this
Zelmanoff, Marci  Search this
Extent:
106 Pages (Transcript)
4 Items (Sound recording: 4 sound files (4 hr., 49 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 December 4-5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Gary L. Noffke conducted 2010 December 4 and 5, by Mary Douglas, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Noffke's home, in Farmington, Georgia.
Noffke speaks of growing up in Sullivan, Illinois; disliking school; the absence of formal art education before college and doing art on his own; his grandfather's farm; attending Eastern Illinois University to study painting, receiving a BS and MS in education with a major in art; what classes he took and his professors; his opinion about art programs in universities; the influence of the Vietnam draft; attending the University of Iowa and his introduction to metals; transferring to Southern Illinois University and his peers; learning techniques with metals; early metal work; working at Stetson University in Deland, Florida; working with colleagues and students and its influence on work; experimenting with different techniques; transition from graduate school to professional life; developing different methods for metal work, and motivations; how the notion of form and function has changed in design, especially regarding metal work and artists; the dynamics of working with students throughout the years; discusses in detail individual works and his approaches and anecdotes; his attraction to rings, simple hardware, and traditional, ancient forms; other teaching jobs before landing at the University of Georgia; building his house and studio; working in the Italy program at Cortona; his experiences at Cranbrook, Michigan and Summervale, Colorado; current and past exhibitions including the National Ring Shows; entering competitions; how the hand-made motif is important in his work; the connotation of labels of craft artist; his casual approach to the art market and formalities in the art world. Noffke also recalls Garret DeRuiter, Brent Kington, Elliot Pujol, May Lee Hu, Marci Zelmanoff, Dickie Nettles, Robert Ebendorf, Gary Erbe, Phil Fike, Bill Brown, Evon Streetman, Lane Coulter, Sue Wilde, Lydia Norell, Fred Messersmith, Tom Gingras, Charles Loloma, Fritz Dreisbach, Barry Merrit, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Gary L. Noffke (1943- ) is a goldsmith in Farmington, Georgia. Mary Douglas (1956- ) is a curator and artist in Statesville, North Carolina.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 SD memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 49 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-work -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.noffke10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-noffke10

Oral history interview with Robert Levin

Interviewee:
Levin, Robert, 1948-  Search this
Interviewer:
Byrd, Joan Falconer  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Denison University -- Students  Search this
Glass Art Society  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Pilchuck School -- Students  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System) -- Students  Search this
Bernstein, William, 1945-  Search this
Brown, William J. (William Joseph), 1923-1992  Search this
Dreisbach, Fritz  Search this
Handler, Audrey  Search this
Levin, Robert, 1948-  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Peiser, Mark, 1938-  Search this
Ritter, Richard Q.  Search this
Extent:
32 Pages (Transcript)
3 Items (Sound recordings: 3 sound files (3 hr., 14 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2004 December 11
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Levin conducted 2004 December 11, by Joan Byrd, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Burnsville, North Carolina.
Levin speaks of growing up in Dundalk, Maryland; participating in theater in high school; attending Denison University; becoming interested in ceramics and glass; attending graduate school at Southern Illinois University; working as an assistant to Fritz Dreisbach at Pilchuck Glass School; teaching at Penland School of Crafts; becoming resident glass artist at Penland; influential artists; moving to Celo; the North Carolina craft community; the element of play in his work; mixing glass colors; keeping variety in his work; the process of making sculptural and functional pieces; the influence of nature and other cultures on his work; including political and social statements in his work; making mixed-media pieces; working on commission; making Judaica pieces; the glass blowing process; being part of an international glass tradition; participating in the Glass Art Society; the reasons he enjoys teaching; attending GAS conferences; participating in regional art organizations; his home studio and the equipment he uses; how his working process has changed; designing a series of awards; his interest in music and guitar; the qualities of glass; and the importance of intuitiveness in creating his pieces. Levin also recalls Audrey Handler, Bill Boysen, Bill Brown, Richard Ritter, Bill Bernstein, Mark Peiser, Harvey Littleton, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Levin (1948- ) is a glass artist from Burnsville, North Carolina. Joan Falconer Byrd (1939- ) is a professor in the art department, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 14 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Art -- North Carolina  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Glass art -- Technique  Search this
Glass artists -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- Technique  Search this
Jewish art  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.levin04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-levin04

Oral history interview with Gary L. Noffke, 2010 December 4-5

Interviewee:
Noffke, Gary L., 1943-  Search this
Interviewer:
Douglas, Mary F., 1956-  Search this
Subject:
Brown, William J. (William Joseph)  Search this
Coulter, Lane  Search this
DeRuiter, Garret  Search this
Dreisbach, Fritz  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert  Search this
Erbe, Gary T.  Search this
Fike, Phillip G.  Search this
Gingras, Toms  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent)  Search this
Loloma, Charles  Search this
Merrit, Barry  Search this
Messersmith, Fred  Search this
Nettles, Dickie  Search this
Norell, Lydia  Search this
Pujol, Elliot  Search this
Streetman, Evon  Search this
Wilde, Sue  Search this
Zelmanoff, Marci  Search this
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Eastern Illinois University  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System)  Search this
Stetson University  Search this
University of Iowa  Search this
National Ring Show  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-work -- Technique  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15921
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)297227
AAA_collcode_noffke10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_297227
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert Levin, 2004 December 11

Interviewee:
Levin, Rob, 1948-  Search this
Interviewer:
Byrd, Joan Falconer, 1939-  Search this
Subject:
Bernstein, William  Search this
Brown, William J. (William Joseph)  Search this
Dreisbach, Fritz  Search this
Handler, Audrey  Search this
Levin, Robert  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Peiser, Mark  Search this
Ritter, Richard Q.  Search this
Denison University  Search this
Glass Art Society  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
Pilchuck School  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art -- North Carolina  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Glass art -- Technique  Search this
Glass artists -- North Carolina -- Interviews  Search this
Glass blowing and working -- Technique  Search this
Jewish art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11702
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249435
AAA_collcode_levin04
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249435
Online Media:

Oral history interview with James Wentzy, 2017 January 23-March 31

Interviewee:
Wentzy, James, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Subject:
Arena, Tony  Search this
Brown, Arch  Search this
Buckingham, David  Search this
Carlomusto, Jean  Search this
Dee, James  Search this
Ellis, Darrel  Search this
Farber, Robert  Search this
Heiss, Alanna  Search this
Maletta, Lou  Search this
Moore, Patrick  Search this
Santinire, Vincent  Search this
Schnabel, John  Search this
Tam, Ho  Search this
ACT UP (Organization)  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Southern Illinois University (System)  Search this
ACT UP New York (Organization)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Study and teaching  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17464
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)387864
AAA_collcode_wentzy17
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_387864
Online Media:

Joan Lintault letter to Claire Zeisler

Creator:
Lintault, Joan  Search this
Zeisler, Claire, 1903-1991  Search this
Subject:
Southern Illinois University (System)  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1983 September 9
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1067
See more items in:
Claire Zeisler papers, 1941-1992
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_1067
Online Media:

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